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Councils introduce extended grace period for parking

Local retailers could stand to benefit from a new extended grace period for parking, which was introduced yesterday.

English councils will have to allow shoppers 10 minutes after their paid-for time to return to their cars before they will issue a penalty charge notice under the new rules brought in by local government secretary Eric Pickles.

He said: “Unreasonable parking charges and fines hurt hardworking taxpayers and undermine local shops.”

However, the new rules do not apply to parking on single or double yellow lines, in front of dropped kerbs and in permit bays.

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